The Lasell Fashion Collection (LFC) strengthens the College's connected learning philosophy as students and faculty use this educational resource in the classroom and in professional venues such as gallery exhibitions and off-campus events. The LFC has been featured during Boston's Fashion Week, at the Bayside Exposition Center, the Boston Public Library, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and the Brockton Historical Society. Additionally, scholarly papers created through the utilization of the LFC by undergraduate students have been presented at academic conferences sponsored by the American Costume Society.
Courses in the Lasell Fashion Department draw on the LFC for research purposes and inspiration. Pieces from the collection are actively used in the classroom as teaching tools for faculty and students. These items are part of the "working aspect" of the LFC.
Collection and Research Management:
Student assist the curator with cataloging the contents by using Past Perfect Museum Software. Students are trained in this program by the curator and have experience exploring and researching the items that are accessioned into the collection. The information from the Past Perfect system is used for research opportunities and exhibition possibilities. Students research and identify garments to connect them to their affiliated zeitgeist for labeling and create temporary exhibitions throughout the academic year. To this extent, students devote their time and dedication for academic credit and the opportunity to experience the thrill of working with such an inspiring teaching resource.
Often, Fashion Design students create original clothing that is inspired by other eras. During this process, the LFC is used for its historic character. Students observe and blend their design intentions with techniques studied through the LFC to create modern interpretations of designs steeped in history.
Fashion Illustration for Designers:
In this course, students have the opportunity to directly observe unique garments from the LFC. They examine silhouettes, style details and textile characteristics to better understand design concepts in relation to fashion drawing. The value of this resource further develops the students' illustration skills, and allows a better understanding of design concepts.
Visual Merchandising and Fashion Promotion:
By working first hand on local presentations and museum exhibitions that feature pieces from the LFC, students are able to expand their expertise regarding the art of visual presentation. Each student learns how to create a professional display and ultimately gains valuable knowledge concerning fashion trends while having the opportunity to work with historic and contemporary dress.
Fashion History & 20th Century Fashion:
Students studying historic fashion incorporate the LFC as a primary research tool for writing assignments and connected learning projects. Because the LFC is a working collection, students are able to examine clothing and accessories to study the characteristics of historic dress in connection with theoretical concepts explored regarding this discipline.